Animated Disposition, Sophie Chambers.
Fashion Stylist, Interview Feature.
Carnival Magazine talks to talented London based fashion Stylist Sophie Chambers about her wonderfully vibrant knitwear curation, Animated Disposition. Working with photographer Kyle Allan, Sophie sought to create an editorial sourcing inspiration from Amsterdam's Faceless exhibition, exploring identity and media corruption...
Tell us about yourself.
I grew up in Cambridge. As well as fashion I love art and illustration. Along with travelling, I spent last Summer travelling the East Coast of Australia and the list of places still to visit is endless!
Did you study fashion styling?
I studied fine art at college and specialised in fashion based art works and illustrations, which is what led me onto my Fashion Promotion with Styling course at university. There I specialised in editorial styling and worked on building my portfolio during the final year of my degree.
Tell us about your work.
I am constantly working on and expanding my portfolio. I specialise in editorial styling, but like to be as creative and varied as possible within this area. I recently completed my university course and have lots of ideas for shoots I would like to create. Currently I have editorial projects on going with photographers in London and I am always open to ideas - looking for industry creatives to collaborate with on new and exciting projects.
What do you love about photography?
I enjoy working as part of a team on exciting projects, to create something truly inspired and original. Bringing my ideas to life and seeing the final result of all the hard work that goes into a project is so satisfying.
What inspires your practice?
I love the works created by Robbie Spencer and Judy Blame. But I like to be as varied as possible when looking for inspiration, in particular looking at up and coming artists/designers/photographers etc as the ideas are always really fresh and new. For example, the initial inspiration for this shoot was Pussy Riot and designer label Rebel Yuths, which I came across on a trip to Amsterdam.
Tell us about the featured collection, Animated Disposition.
My research began with a trip to the Faceless exhibition in Amsterdam. I was really interested in the idea of covering the face and its different meanings and reasons. I was particularly influenced by the brand Rebel Yuths by designer Damier Johnson. I researched a lot into his style of work and what inspired him - such as the styles from the 80’s hip hop music scene, artists such as MC Hammer and the 90's TV show Fresh Prince of Bel Air. I noticed a strong focus on knitwear and colour throughout his work that incorporated matching and complimenting balaclavas that covered some or all of the face. I decided to put together a knitwear editorial, incorporating elements of his style and including customised balaclavas that complimented and fitted with the styles of clothing I had sourced. I was looking for bold brightly coloured knitwear. I borrowed two graduate collections, Alison Woodhouse’s womenswear collection, and Ceinor Sadler’s menswear collection. The styles of the collections meant they could be mixed and matched and used in a unisex way. I had decided to use a male and female model and wanted them to be able to share the clothes. I had a really strong team to work with for this project, including Manchester based fashion photographer Kyle Allan, and MUA Andreea Antonescu, who created some amazing make up that matched the colours in the clothes perfectly. The post-production for this shoot was really important and was inspired by some of my original research when starting this project. As well as using the faceless exhibition I also looked into current affairs and what is going on in the media at the moment. A recurring theme I found was corruption. Stories were being published about corruption in the police force, and the scandals currently being publicised in the media. I furthered this research by looking into all aspects of corruption and what the word actually means. I found technology corruption interesting, the way files look once they have been corrupted. I took this element and used it in my final editing, using Photoshop to create a ‘glitch’ effect on my images, distorting the flow of the images and corrupting the colours.
PHOTOGRAPHY / Kyle Allan
MODELS / Natalie @ Jadore & Jordan @ Cliche.
FASHION STYLING / Sophie Chambers
See more of Sophie's wonderful styling work in Carnival Magazine Issue 02 and on her portfolio website.